Ten Random Facts
Rap music star Vanilla Ice's real name is Robert Van Winkle.
Ants can survive if their heads are removed. Since they have ganglia (knots of nerve) that control certain activities, instead of a spinal cord, the ganglia can carry on without those in the head. Scientists have been able to keep a beheaded ant alive for over a month.
Spaghetti is the favorite pasta shape, with 38 percent favoring it over other pasta shapes. The second favorite shape is elbow macaroni, at 16 percent.
It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States that it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
Attitudes about death and dying differ from one culture to the other. Korean-Americans and Hispanics are less likely than Anglos and African-Americans to believe a patient should be fully informed about a serious illness.
There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in your feet, and they sweat as much as 8 ounces of moisture per day.
In 1990, a 64-year old Hartsville, Tennessee, woman entered a hospital for surgery for what doctors diagnosed as a tumor on her buttocks. What surgeons found, however, was a four-inch pork chop bone, which they removed. They estimated that it had been in place for five to ten years. The woman could not remember sitting on it, or eating it for that matter.
The world's biggest crab is the Japanese spider crab. Its body measures over 1 foot (30 centimeters) across and, from claw to claw, it is 11 feet (3.5 meters) long.
When originally conceived, the series Cheers was set in Barstow, California, and the character of Sam Malone was a retired football player. Actor Ted Danson was chosen for the role, necessitating his character be rewritten to be that of a retired Boston Red Sox baseball player, better matching Danson's body type.
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